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Polygenic Inheritance and the Drosophila Culture

Nature volume 149, pages 610611 (30 May 1942) | Download Citation



RECENTLY Dr. Mather has directed attention to the importance of the study of polygenic inheritance in relation to practical breeding and to the elaboration of evolutionary theory1,2. He has correctly emphasized that failure to study such inheritance lies behind much of biologists' criticism of present-day genetics. However, there is one. other important circumstance which, in our opinion, he has not emphasized sufficiently. It is the relation of environment to heredity ; the problem of nature and nurture.

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    , NATURE, 149, 427 (1942).

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    , "Nature and Nurture" (London, 1933).

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    , and , Proc. Roy. Soc, B, 130, 151 (1941).

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  1. Department of Natural History, Marischal College, Aberdeen. May 5.

    • C. GORDON
    •  & J. H. SANG


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